The UBC Day of the Longboat is the largest voyageur canoe race in North America. Take over 100 teams of university students, staff and community teams, give them one canoe orientation clinic, then put them on the water in heats of ten for a bumper car style race start. It's crazy!
10 voyageur canoes race towards a single buoy to turn right, The Gung Haggis team is in the foreground. Todd is steering. Kristine is lead stroke. photo Dave Samis.
The community team event is on Sunday Sept 28th, so this weekend we will do an orientation in the voyageur canoes. The Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat paddlers first entered this race supplementing the Tacoma DBA team in 2004.
read our past adventures at the longboat race:
2007: Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team braved the white cap waves of Sunday's UBC Day of the Long Boats
2004: Day of the Longboat: voyageur canoe race
Check out the race description from the website:
Sunday 1:30 Gung Haggis dragon boat practice.
I think we will go back to Sunday afternoons because:
more people had challenges meeting the 10am morning time.
Weather is getting colder too.
UBC Day of the Long boat – CLINIC ORIENTATION
4pm – same as last year.
We have more men than women wanting to do long boat this year.
have switched the entry from MIXED to MENS. Last year we raced 8 men
with 2 women, Sarah and Kristine – I am sure that Gayle and Pash will
be up to the task.
Last year our Men's team was right behind TD
Lightning, and they were surprised when they learned we had 2 women on
the boat. We will certainly surprise them with Gayle and Pash!
Day of the Long Boat is a challenging but fun race. 2 km in a 10
person voyageur canoe, while English Bay waves bounce you up and down.
Races – 1st race around 9am, and 2nd race around 2pm (schedule to be
confirmed). There is waiting around between races… and lots of UBC
students as there are over 100 teams.
Here is our team roster: